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cho·li·ner·gic

 (kō′lə-nûr′jĭk)
adj.
1. Activated by or capable of liberating acetylcholine, especially in the parasympathetic nervous system.
2. Having physiological effects similar to those of acetylcholine: a cholinergic agent or drug.

[(acetyl)cholin(e) + -ergic.]

cho′li·ner′gi·cal·ly adv.

cholinergic

(ˌkəʊlɪˈnɜːdʒɪk)
adj
1. (Physiology) denoting nerve fibres that release acetylcholine when stimulated
2. (Physiology) of or relating to the type of chemical activity associated with acetylcholine and similar substances
[C20: from (acetyl)cholin(e) + Greek ergon work]

cho•lin•er•gic

(ˌkoʊ ləˈnɜr dʒɪk, ˌkɒl ə-)

adj.
1. resembling acetylcholine in physiological effect: a cholinergic drug.
2. releasing acetylcholine: a cholinergic neuron.
3. activated by acetylcholine: a cholinergic receptor.
[1930–35; (acetyl) choline + -ergic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cholinergic - releasing or activated by acetylcholine or a related compound
anticholinergic - inhibiting or blocking the action of acetylcholine at a receptor site; "anticholinergic drugs"
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